Bolts Keep the Streak Alive at Home

By Bradley Walker, 1010 Sports

Tampa, Fla. (CBS) The Tampa Bay Lightning extended their home winning streak to six games Thursday night, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 behind the flawless play of Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

The 42-year-old Roloson played like a goaltender half his age, stopping 33 shots in one of his best performances of the season. The Lightning blocked 25 shots as a team and surrendered no goals on seven Pittsburgh power plays.

As a team the Lightning have been an unstoppable force at home. Marc-Andre Fleury faced only 18 shots from the bolts, but it proved to be more than enough to get the win against a good Pittsburgh squad.

Vincent Lecavalier led the offense for the Lightning with two unassisted goals, while Steve Downie and Brett Connolly scored a goal each to give the large crowd at the St. Pete Times Forum something to cheer about.

Lecavalier scored with Tampa Bay’s first shot of the game, beating Fleury through the five-hole to put the Lightning up 1-0. Connolly scored at 4:08 in the second with a power play goal to bring it to 2-0.

Downie netted the third goal for the bolts with a man advantage in the third period to put the game out of the Pittsburgh’s reach. Lecavalier capped the scoring with an open net goal in the closing minutes of the third.

It was a good win, but the bolts can’t ignore the problems they’ve encountered on the road.

 

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